Champion Mine, Painesdale, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||47° 2' 7'' North , 88° 40' 14'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||47.03528,-88.67056|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA|
An underground copper mine consisting of four shafts in the town of Painesdale, south of Houghton. The Champion Mining Co. was organized in 1899 and came under control of the Copper Range Consolidated Co. in 1901. By the 1930's the mine was working the 48th level in #4 shaft, 4,800 ft. from the surface on the incline. This shaft was later extended to the 56th level, approx. 5,500 ft. from the surface on the incline. In 1945, the mine closed to remove equipment from below the 48th level to abandon that section of the mine. In 1948, the mine reopened with work on the 18th level of shaft #4. In 1954, #3 was reopened on the 18th and 12th levels. The mine closed in 1967. Minerals to be found here include copper crystals and wires, prehnite, and chalcocite.
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17 valid minerals.
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1000 - 1200 Ma
|Portage Lake Volcanics|
Age: Stenian (1000 - 1200 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Portage Lake Volcanics
Comments: This unit is the same as unit Yp on paper map of Sims (1992). Description is taken from that unit description.
Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. 
Localities in this Region
- Houghton Co.
- Champion Mine
- Houghton Co.
Rocks & Minerals (1983): 58: 109.
The Mineralogical Record (1992): 23: 29-41.
Kilpela, T. (1995), The Hard Rock Mining Era in the Copper Country. 89 pp.
Heinrich & Robinson (2004), Mineralogy of Michigan.